British Moustache Renaissance

It was easy to spot British 'stag doers' on my recent trip to the baths of Budpapest as nearly all were sporting a moustache.

By contrast, the male continental top lip is now almost uniformly smooth. It used to be that if you threw a stone in Budapest you'd hit a man sporting a magnificent Magyar moustache. They seem to be dying out. Shame.

Handlebar Club

Since 1947, The Handlebar Club of Great Britain has been an association for men who sport a "hirsute appendage of the upper lip and with graspable extremities".

I wonder if the Handlebar club has an opinion on the renaissance of the British moustache? Or the seeming decline of the Magyar moustache? Or is it a handlebar moustache or nothing as far as they're concerned?


  1. The British Beard and Moustache Championships is taking place in Brighton on September 15, 2012. It is co-hosted by the Handlebar Club and the British Beard Club.


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